Focus 2018: Welcome

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 Welcome Inside Art and cooking go hand in hand at Ature Beck and Call. Page 3 Relax, grab a drink, maybe get some advice at The Church Key. Page 4 Belen Bakery brings flavors of Acapulco to Kearney. Page 6 Banking on a sho at business Kearney Hub By KIM SCHMIDT Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY —Years of carrying around an old milk crate to stand on to shoot pool as a child is paying off for Chad Worm of Kearney. With a love for billiards that started when he was young, Worm, 42, and his wife Michelle, 41, have opened Worms’s Custom Cues at 2504 Highway 30 East, Suite B in the former Rovar Park. Opened on Black Friday, Chad designs custom cues and makes repairs for players locally and across the country. Worms Custom Cues also sells darts and accessories, pool and foosball tables and billiard supplies. “The opportunity was here, and I said ‘We just have to take the risk. We just have to try. Just to see,’” said Michelle Worm of opening a storefront. From 1978 to 1989 Chad’s parents Mar- lene Bader and Larry Worm, both of Kearney, owned the former Corner Pocket Billiard Lounge at 1007 Second Ave., currently where the Kearney Chamber of Commerce is located. “Chad would always go with me down to work and he would entertain himself on the Woodworking skills, love of billiards combine to create Worm’s Custom Cues MICHELLE WORM was happy Chad moved his cue-making business out of the couple’s garage and basement and into a storefront. THE NEW BAR is much longer than the one that used to sit in the Big Apple’s sports bar. Whereas fitting two people behind the bar was a squeeze be- fore, the new bar can now fit six bartenders. Big changes By TIFFANY STOIBER Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — The bar was lowered at The Big Apple this year. But the space itself looks more elevated than ever. Last May, The Big Apple put the finishing touches on its sports bar, lowering the watering hole to be level with the rest of the lobby and bringing a whole new look to the space. “It’s fresh. It’s clean. It looks like a million-dollar restaurant,” said general manager Kenny Owen. The bar itself hadn’t been touched since it was built in 1987, a little less than 10 years after the bowling alley itself had opened. When it was built, Owen said, it was designed after a bar in Lincoln called the Orchard Lounge, with a raised seating area so that patrons could watch the games of pool going on down below. Owen, who was in college at the time, was one of the facility’s first bartenders. However, after 30 years, Owen said the bar had “basically aged itself out.” Now, though the bar has a fresh, clean look, it still has GENERAL MANAGER Kenny Owen says that the new sports bar at the Big Apple looks like a “million-dol- lar restaurant,” complete with new flooring and furnishings. The Big Apple remodels sports bar with fresh, clean look BIG APPLE, PAGE 2 Jeff Damron, Kearney Hub CHAD WORM works mostly nights at Worm Custom Cues, after working full time as a tool maker at Baldwin Filters in Kearney. Jeff Damron, Kearney Hub CUSTOM CUES, PAGE 7